The Burn

The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life. 

-Robert Kennedy

The Daily Steward

Everyone’s going on vacations, the weather is hot, the 4th is coming up, and, in full disclosure, I’m starting to feel the burn. It happens pretty consistently around this time of year. I’ve been pushing hard since March, planting, weeding, harvesting, mowing, tilling, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing, etc. It wears on a man. I’m not alone in this, however. Sometime in June, it seems like many farmers nationwide, and I have to imagine northern-hemisphere wide, start to feel the effects of it all. Around here, my farmer friends and I have less-than-affectionately termed the feeling “June Gloom,” though I understand that June Gloom is really a pattern of cloudy weather this month in the US southwest. I’m getting better at mitigating these feelings, but I’ll tell you what’s helped the most, and that’s this guy up there. His name is Hans.

Hans has been staying and working with me for the past couple months, and let me tell you, it’s been fantastic. Hans hails from Los Angeles, CA, though he grew up in the DC metropolitan area (as I did), and had been wanting to work in agriculture or on a farm in some capacity for a while. Hans and I got in touch when he was expressing these interests to my older brother, Abbot, whom he met through our sister, Amanda, whom Hans has been friends with for some 20 years now, and Abbot told Hans about what I was doing down here what with this whole farming thing and such. Well, after trading e-mails off and on for about 6 months, everything fell into place for Hans to pack up and drive cross country here to sunny Carolina, just in time for the summer plantings, and the summer heat. It’s been great! Many of you who frequent the Piedmont Farmer’s Market on Saturdays have already had the privilege of meeting Hans, but for those of you who haven’t, he is a large part of the successes we’re having this season, and a huge mitigator of the failures! Anyway, I just wanted to introduce you all to Hans, he’s been a great help, as well as a good friend.

Hans and I will both be thrilled to see you all tomorrow at the Piedmont Farmer’s Market on Winecoff School Rd. from 8am til Noon! We’re working hard today to bring you lettuce, carrots, beets, eggplant, peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, microgreens and eggs! Come get some veggies to wow the company you’ll keep over the holiday, or stun the hosts of the cookout you’ll be attending, or just staying healthy as you take this holiday as an opportunity to get some much deserved rest! You know what goes great on the grill next to those dogs and burgers? Eggplant! Just slather some oil on ’em, salt and pepper, and you’ll be good to go!

I hope you all do find opportunity to recharge over this holiday, I know I’m looking forward to it! Happy Independence Day!

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